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one hour orange rolls

Oh, how I love orange rolls! If given the choice, I will always choose an orange roll over a cinnamon roll. I have my favorite orange knot recipe that I make all the time, but a few weeks ago I was in the mood for a more traditional orange roll, and quick. I stumbled across a one-hour cinnamon roll recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Life Made Simple, and got to work. The resulting rolls weren’t quite as soft and fluffy as a true orange roll recipe, but they were pretty darn close and so easy and quick to make! This is definitely one to keep around for when those cravings strike. Delicious!

One Hour Orange Rolls

for the rolls:
2 3/4 cup flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (I used active dry)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup milk
1 egg

for the filling:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
zest of one orange

for the frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice (more or less as needed)

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. In a small microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, combine the sugar, butter, water, and milk. Heat on high for 60-90 seconds, or until the mixture is warm and the butter is almost melted. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until combined. Add the egg and mix to form a soft and sticky dough. Kneed 3-4 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest 5 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured floured surface to form a 16 x 9 rectangle. Mix together the butter, sugar, and orange zest, and spread it evenly over the surface. Roll the dough up lengthwise and cut it into twelve equal sized pieces. Place the rolls in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan and cover lightly with foil. Turn off the oven and place the rolls inside, and let rise for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, pull out the pan of rolls and preheat the oven to 375. Remove the foil and bake the rolls 15-18 minutes, or until light golden brown.

Beat together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the orange juice until desired consistency is reached. Spread the frosting over the hot rolls and let it melt. Serve warm.

adapted from Life Made Simple

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